Exercising the spending power of gun owners
I participate in IDPA, the International Defensive Pistol Association. I recently had an opportunity to participate in an event in Springfield, Massachusetts. I wrote to the organizer and informed them that I would not attend any event that brough money to a state with gun laws like those in Massachusetts. The company sponsoring the event was Smith & Wesson, and I made sure I let them know I was not boycotting their fine products or employees, just the state of Massachusetts and the merchants and people who had allowed gun rights to be so violated. Someone on the local club forum thought that was misguided. My response was that if the 80 million gun owners of this country did more than join the NRA, and voted with their dollars as a united group, it would do more to change laws and attitudes in this country than legislative efforts.
What do you think?
Would you participate in an effort to fiscally chastise some business or community for their firearms policies? I know many have left ebay because of it and other personal protest boycotts. Would you participate in a nationally organized effort? Would you write letters, walk up to managers in stores, participate in a one day or one week boycott to make an impression? The blacks of Selma Alabama changed the policy of a bus line by boycotting it. The homosexuals have leveraged their buying power to gain all kinds of concessions from businesses and society. Gun owners are becoming a margainalized minority, I think we should do something to remind people that not only is our Constituionally guaranteed right to bear arms indisputable, but that we are a powerful spending block in our communities and our economy. They don't call it the almighty dollar for nothing.